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The Houses
By Pastor Allen
May 4, 2011 - 9:39:01 AM

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Which houses are impacting our communities; (1) The Number Houses / Web Shops, (2) The Illegal Drug Houses, (3) The Night Clubs / Bars or (4) The Church Houses?  

The web shops, drug houses, night clubs and bars are open to their communities / public seven days a week; twelve (12) – eighteen (18) hours a day catering to the public at large. Unlike the churches that are open at most three (3) days per week for a few hours.   What’s wrong with this picture?

Whenever concerns are expressed about the church and its ineffectiveness in the community; those of a religious mind-set immediately take a defensive position.  Nonetheless, we can’t continue sticking our heads in the sand and not honestly address the church’s impact in the community.

The church ought to serve its community as an Oasis in the desert whereby every family / household in that community is being positively impacted by the church, one way or another.   But, as it is today; some Religious Leaders don’t know the name of the home owner / resident a door or two away from the church.

In every community throughout the length and breadth of the Bahamas we’ve got at least three to four churches, yet the community is hard pressed and ran down with various crimes (murders, drug abuse, gambling, gang activities, etc;).

What’s the purpose of the church in a community?   Is it not positively impact the community for the Kingdom of God via uncompromisingly teaching the word of God and ministering to the whole man both spirit, soul and body?

The church leaders today seem to have their own agendas which obviously are not that of unity for the betterment of their communities. The facts / truth is that the Religious Bishops, Apostles, Doctors, Pastors, etc; are busy competing against each other to see which one can have the largest congregation, drive the best vehicles, live in the gated communities, writing books, hosting money making religious conferences ‘in Jesus’ name’ whiles the enemy wreaks havoc in the church’s community.

Rather than being a house of true worship and prayer; in many ways today’s church has become a place of merchandising where the Religious leader’s products and other items are being sold.

Here’s an account of Yahshua Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) encounter with the merchandising church.

Matt.21: 12.   And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

: 13.   And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.        

God’s empowering presence will return to the local churches as soon as the leaders truly humble themselves, put their agenda aside and hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD, to observe and to do all His commandments.

The murders and other social ills that are taking place our communities and at times a stone’s throw away from a church building; speaks volumes of the church’s impact in that community. We’re at a time where churches are no longer having Sunday Night Services due to fear of becoming victims of crime.

Pastors / Shepherds can’t truly relate to the pain of the people within the communities where their church buildings are located; as they reside outside these communities in their exclusive, gated communities.

This can be liken shepherds living high on the hill top, and their sheepfold living down low in the valley. Whenever a mid-night moment / crisis or a wolf attacks the sheep or some other emergency the shepherds are not in place, can’t be found.

It’s time for us to stop playing games and call the spade, a spade. The church has been mandated by its founder Yahshua Messiah to impact the world

Mk.16: 15.   And he said unto them , Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.      

The young man selling drugs in the community is some mother’s son, someone’s brother, nephew, cousin, neighbor, etc; so is the young man stealing / selling stolen goods and possesses an unlicensed fire arm.   These young men are no strangers they live in the very same communities where three to four churches exist.

Religious leaders, what’s the purpose of church you pastor in the community?  Are you going to make an impact for the kingdom of God in your community or will you continue doing powerless religious rituals?   Your community / country is crying out for a kingdom move; they’re waiting for you.

For questions and comments contact us via E-mails:pastormallen@yahoo.com or kmfci@live.com or Ph.242-441-2021

Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen

Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int’l

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